December 2019 Update
This has been an extraordinary year at BCTC. We have accomplished much together, and it's time to celebrate!
Our achievements include awarding over 4,300 credentials to 2,215 students, designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education site and successfully completing our SACS visit.
Partnerships with our community and the industries we serve were strengthened. We offered Enhanced Operator education as part of Webasto's expansion project, and their first employee cohort graduated this year. We also developed a new partnership with DOCJT to provide first responder heroes the opportunity to simultaneously earn an AAS degree and complete their officer certification at the State Police Academy. Leading the way in the equine industry, our North American Racing Academy (NARA) spear-headed a national horse industry effort to address workforce shortages through the Equine Workforce Management Coalition.
We have seen enrollment growth, expansion and improvement on our campuses, and a college-wide commitment to inclusion and cultural competency. Each of our seven campuses contributed to this success.
At the Cooper Campus, we welcomed more high school students than ever through the STEAM Academy and Opportunity Middle College. We also implemented changes in how and where services are offered to all students, making us more accessible.
The Danville Campus saw increases which include doubling the nursing program enrollment. And thanks to incredible community support, we broke ground on the advanced manufacturing center, expanding the skilled worker pipeline for Boyle and surrounding counties.
The Georgetown Campus continues to be the number one destination for manufacturing. However, there's more than manufacturing at Georgetown, as evidenced by a 57 percent increase in enrollment. This growth is due to additional general education courses, piloting a Middle College program and more dual credit students.
The Lawrenceburg Campus increased enrollment by six percent as we grew relationships with local high schools and recruited 156 dual credit students. Momentum with Anderson County is growing as BCTC becomes the go-to spot for adult education and GED®.
The Leestown Campus opened The Heart of BCTC food pantry and career closet, a place where students can find relief from the stress that outside pressures bring. Additionally, allied health education, the trades and Workforce Solutions projects are booming on campus.
At our Newtown Campus, we began work on The Den to provide a beautiful new facility where students will receive services and find a comfortable place to gather. Newtown has also completed campus beautification projects and new signage.
Last, but not least, the Winchester Campus offered new hemp courses that received state recognition. We will serve this growing industry and offer students opportunities to explore the history of hemp and the agribusiness career opportunities in production.
I hope you see a common thread running through these accomplishments: we're putting Students First. They are at the center of all we do, and do well, here at BCTC.
We made a difference in students' lives by anticipating and meeting their needs through time, talents and increased participation in the annual employee giving campaign. We welcomed newcomers and said good-bye to dear friends, and we served our community well.
I want to express my sincere thanks to our exceptional faculty and staff, dedicated college and foundation boards of directors, and supportive KCTCS staff and community partners for your devotion to students and tireless efforts to help them be successful. We are fulfilling our Students First mission.
I also want to thank our students for your curiosity and drive, your open minds and commitment to learning. You are what makes BCTC a unique and exceptional place to work and to learn. You are our "why."
I will certainly remember 2019, my first year as president of BCTC, fondly. Serving our students and communities is the highest privilege, and it is my great honor to work alongside you.
My family and I wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and joyful holiday season. As 2019 draws to a close, we also wish you a happy new year. When we return, we'll begin a new decade, and I look forward to working with you to empower students and make 2020 BCTC's brightest year yet!
Dr. Koffi Akakpo